Seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong stopped in Carroll this morning to join RAGBRAI for one day on his way home from the tour. Armstrong says the people are the best part of the bike ride across the state.

He says people from all states are friendly with each other and says it is good for his “Live Strong” to have a presence on the ride. Armstrong is a cancer survivor and offered some advice to others that are suffering from the disease. He says friends and family are key and that is the support structure he leaned on.

Armstrong says having knowledge of the disease is important, so when you start to turn the corner you can know it and understand what’s happening. Armstrong joined his teammates with Live Strong on the ride to Boone before returning home to Colorado.

By Jeff Blanman, KCIM, Carroll